There are plenty of ways (and recipes I’ll be sharing) to make your money count while grocery shopping. No, I’m not going to tell you to run out and buy 15 Sunday newspapers and start extreme couponing. To be completely honest, I’m horrible at coupons. Even when I happen to have them, they never actually make it to the store with me. I’m more worried about making sure I have the diaper bag, phone, snacks, and sanity than coupons. Here are a few tips and tricks for ya!
- NEVER grocery shop hungry! There has been more than once when I’ve come home, unloaded all the groceries, and been asked if I happen to buy more than snack food or just random foods.
- Make a list on your phone! Your phone is the #1 place to make lists. Why? How often do you forget your phone? I can guarantee it’s about .0006% less than you forget a piece of paper.
- Make a meal plan. I’ve not yet mastered this, but I highly recommend it. I try to plan meals for the whole month so I can look at what I’ve got on hand, and what I need to buy. It really does cut down on having 5 boxes of pasta but nothing to make sauce with. Yes, I’m speaking from experience. 😩
- Know that you can still buy that great looking New York Strip steak, and easily feed more than one person with it. I will be posting recipes that show you how to really stretch ingredients. It’s not hard to buy quality ingredients and make enough for the whole family, without blowing your budget.
- Check to see if your grocery store has an app. A lot of places now offer cash back if you download their app and then scan your receipt after you shop. Some even offer extra discounts at the register through the app.
- This one is a personal preference, but I’m not one to shop at 5 different stores because of sales. I feel like, by the time you add in the extra gas you just spent driving around, into what you’ve spent, you could have just shopped in one store. I will admit that I get all my produce and meat at one store, and then go right up the street for everything else.
- Lastly, pay attention at the register. Make sure things are getting charged correctly. More often than not, I’ll wait until I get into the truck and look over the receipt. If there’s a problem it’s a hassle to go back in, but I spend most of the time at the register saying things like “no, we’re not getting candy”, “you don’t need that”, “stand by me”, and “hand on the buggy, please!” than worrying about the cashier doing their job correctly. 😉